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Personal profile


I am an Honorary Professor at the UoE and a consultant clinical oncologist at Edinburgh Cancer Centre who specialises in the treatment of prostate and bladder cancer with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  I have been active throughout my career in cancer clinical trials either as a member of the trial development or management group,  idependent data monitoring commitee or local PI.  I have built up strong translational research interests within the Univeristy of Edinburgh, UK and Europe.  My research involves the identification of biomarkers of normal tissue and tumour response to radiotherapy through the use of cell free DNA, volatile organic compound breath analysis and imaging biomarkers to allow personalisation of treatment.   

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London


Award Date: 1 Aug 1989

Medicine, Registrar in Clinical Oncology, Velindre Hospital Cardiff


Medicine, Fellowship, British Columbia Cancer Agency Vancouver


Medicine, Senior House Officer Medical Rotation, Queens University Hospital , Nottingham


Medicine, Pre Registration House Officier Academic Medical and Surgical Units, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London


External positions

Scientific Organising Committee Member of the Scottish Radiation Research Forum

2016 → …

Co-Chair of the Edinburgh Radiation Research Collaborative, Western General Hospital

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member RCR Journal

2012 → …

SMC Advisor on Cancer Drugs

2010 → …

Member of the Quality Improvement Performance Indicator Development Group for Prostate Cancer

2010 → …

National Cancer Research Network Cancer Studies Group Member


Scottish Standing Committee


Scientific Advisor to Melville Cancer Trust


Lead Clinician for GU Cancer Trials ECC

2001 → …

Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Western General Hospital

1998 → …


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Oncology
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Image Analysis
  • Engineering
  • Biomarkers
  • Cell Free DNA
  • Breath Analysis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Clinical Trials


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